Anushka Sharma’s recently launched original crime series on Amazon Prime Video, ‘Paatal Lok’ has landed in hot water after the show was accused of belittling the Nepali community.
Reports say that a casteist slur used in the show has upset the Gurkha community and they want makers to either bleep it out or remove that element of the scene altogether. They have also asked for an apology from the makers.
Viren Sri Gurung, a member of Lawyers Guild told Quint, “There is a clip wherein during an interrogation a lady police officer uses a casteist slur on a Nepali character. There wouldn’t have been any problem had only ‘Nepali’ been used. But the word that follows it is unacceptable. Since Anushka Sharma is one of the producers of the show, we have served her a notice.”
The petition filed against its makers said, “The insult hurled at her by a policewoman reinstates the stereotyping of people from the North-East. The Gorkha is the largest Nepali-speaking community and this term puts down the entire clan.”
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